Grateful Dead Live at Family Dog at the Great Highway on 1969-11-02
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
d1t01 - Cold Rain And Snow
d1t02 - In The Midnight Hour
d1t03 - Seasons
d1t04 - Mama Tried
d1t05 - Next Time You See Me
d1t06 - Good Lovin'
d1t07 - Big Boss Man
d1t08 - Casey Jones
d1t09 - Dancin' In//The Streets
d2t01 - Dark Star ->
d2t02 - St. Stephen ->
d2t03 - The Eleven ->
d2t04 - Death Don't Have No Mercy
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|Cold Rain And Snow|
|In The Midnight Hour|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Big Boss Man|
|Dancin' In//The Streets|
|Dark Star ->|
|St. Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Death Don't Have No Mercy|
-- This has the fixed Dark Star.
-- Seamless transition between discs.
-- Master Reel source starts at 0:36 of Dark Star.
- Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v8.01 Professional -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Disc 1: SBD -> Master Reel -> Cassette -> Dat (44.1k) DDisc 2: SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k) D
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: The Family Dog gets a bone.
"Family Dog" shows tend to be a bit more laid back as a general rule, but this particular night sounds like a bit of an anomaly, as many numbers exhibit a slightly higher level of octane at this venue. The somewhat rare "Seasons" is executed well enough (if you can dig that kind of thing), and the "Mama Tried" is a solid reading. But these little ditties are just warm-ups, of course. The Good Lovin'->Drums->Good Lovin' is superlative, and the best of the year, imho. Things would only get better with that number, though (READ: 5/2/70). The Dark Star->Feelin'Groovy Jam->Tightin' Up Jam->Dark Star->St. Stephen->The Eleven->Death Don't is the obvious highlight of the evening. I could hardly write anything worthy of properly singing its praises, but I will offer that that segue of musical merit rivals anything the boys were doing back in February, March, & April of the year. This show holds its own indeed, and it's really a shining star in a period that's otherwise somewhat overlooked by the fantastic stretch they had earlier in the year, and by the year they were soon to embark upon. I recommend this show without reservation.
BTW, the last line of “St. Stephen” that reads: “William Tell has stretched his bow till it won't stretch no furthermore and it may require a change that hasn't come
before” is brilliant in that Jerry charges full speed ahead with his vocal, accentuating the “Before” by sustaining it in long and robust way that I’ve never heard on another other version. He then kicks right into “The Eleven”. I agree with reviewer mikemet that that moment is one for the ages, worthy of repeated listens.
Subject: An exemplar of agony in ecstasis
Thank you Charlie
Since it seems to be flying a bit off the radar of most commenters, I'll mention that I really like this The Eleven -- it might not totally grab you initially because it doesn't have quite the raw energy of some other versions, but give it a couple of listens-- it gets a wonderful float going and manages to float into Death Don't Have No Mercy, which is a totally absorbing version that will stick to your brain like glue.
@Hung, Wae-Lo -- I actually think it was Franklin's Tower that was inspired by Take A Walk on the Wild Side.
Subject: whooooouuuugggghhhhwwwwww! dark star 5star
best of all ever,
sound Quality is the BEST i ever heard
best dark star even @ 30min !!!
best DDHNMercy ever
the BEST ever BASS clarity
Subject: The inside DS jam
The heavy juice suite to follow is just simply a classic, timeless achievement by the Dead. Everything is absolutely....perfect! Listen to Jerry giving his vocal everything to this show, in the transition between St. Stephen and the Eleven and in many other points throughout.
Subject: Dark Star Jams
It's a good one, to be sure, filled with all kinds of beauty and fire. This is a great show. I always feel blessed to have these recordings from 40+ years ago, and with such great sound. Charlie Miller kicks ass. 1969?!? Whoa.
Subject: Dark Star
I think Dark Star shouldve been included to Anthem, or even better it could have been included in Aoxomoxoa along with the eleven. The studio versions of the eleven and darkstar arent as good or even close to as long as most of the live versions but I still think they are awesome.
Subject: re: response to "clementinescaboose"
Subject: response to "clementinescaboose"
Subject: Dark Star
I have to agree with Steve1971, this is the best DDHNM I've heard this side of 4/6/69. And the Big Boss Man is no slouch either.
Subject: Pigpen - lead vocalist
The question is, is this the complete show?
Subject: Mystery jam?
Subject: I Can't Stop Dancing
Subject: Only the Beginning
They played a lot with Chicago Transit Authority during that era (check out the posters on deadlists), so it's impossible to know who was 'sincerely flattering' whom, but to the poster on another of the sources of this show who gleefully noted that Chicago didn't come out with their song until 1970, remember that many bands -- including The Dead -- played songs on tour long before they recorded them in the studio. My personal opinion is that Jerry & the boys could have gotten away with riffing on something they heard from Chicago in a live show much more easily than Chicago could have claimed publishing rights to something that they heard the dead do in a jam. Remember that The Dead were a signed band, so the record company would have gone after Chicago's record company (Columbia, if I recall correctly from my vinyl) for royalties for anything that ended up being as big a hit as Only the Beginning was.
Also fun to note that just after that aural reference we hear the early footprint of Eyes of the World...only the beginning, indeed!
Subject: Dark Star Only The Beginning Jam Eyes Tease
Towards the end of Dark Star they whittle themselves into a chorus of the hit record of the day "Only The Beginning" by Chicago. There's no vocals but you can't help but add them yourself. Listen carefully for the "Eyes" tease when it transitions out of the Chicago tune into St Stephen. The Eleven is sloppy yet spirited (because they had completely sacrificed themselves for the Dark Star), but, then, after a breather
Jerry lends his entire body and soul to Death Don't with a heart-wrenching blues solo which is Raw Control.
Subject: What More Do You Need....
A must-have show for '69 from the good Dr.
In Cliff's top 4 or 5 Dark Stars EVER!!!
Do you need any more endorsements for this show?
Okay, how about, Dark Star-> St. Stephen -> The Eleven -> Death Don't Have No Mercy from the Master Reel.
Miller upgrade = redundant statement.
Subject: Worth a listen, esp. Star, Death